We visited two awesome lighthouses today, and got distance pictures of one more. It was on private property and can not be visited up close like we did the first two. We also bought our Lighthouse Passport book and got it stamped at two of the lighthouses, so cool! I never knew they had such a thing until one of our dear readers wrote and told us about them. When you buy the book for $14, it also makes you a member of the United States Lighthouse Society. You visit their site at www.uslhs.org to sign up. If you visit lighthouses that are not open to the public where you can’t get them stamped, you can paste a small picture of the lighthouse into the book where the usual stamp would go and put the date and the name of the lighthouse. We have seen so many lighthouse all over the country, I wish I had known about this Lighthouse Passport book earlier. It is going to be fun filling this book up. (See photos we took of it today so you can see how it works)
Our first lighthouse of the day was the Cana Island Lighthouse. A Lake Michigan coastal light, half way between North Bay and Moonlight Bay, four miles North East of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. It was built in 1870 on a small island, the light replaced the Baileys Harbor Light. The yellow brick 88-foot high tower was sheathed in steel plates in 1901 and painted white. The tower is topped by a 10-sided lantern and automated light, shining through a Third Order Fresnel lens, and is visible for 17 miles. The station is leased to the Door County Maritime Museum and is open to the public daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They were doing some restoration work on it today but we still managed to get some pretty good pictures.
Our next stop was the Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek for the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. This light marks the Strawberry Passage, the east channel in Green Bay, between Chambers Island and the shore. Built in 1868, on a 50-foot bluff, at a cost of $12,000. The square yellow brick 43-foot tower is set at an angle into a rectangular 2-story yellow brick keepers dwelling. An oil building and outhouse, made of the same materials, also survive on the site. The 10-sided lantern has glass in 8 panels and the other two are covered in metal. The light is produced by a solar powered 300 mm plastic lens, which replaced the original Third and One-Half Order Fresnel lens. The light was automated in 1909 and remains in service with a range of 7 miles. The keepers dwelling has been restored into a museum by the Door County Historical Society. Much of the furnishings were the property of the last resident keeper. We arrived just before closing and did not get to tour all of this one inside. We did get our Passport Book stamped and lots of pictures of the outside area. This one is also located in a very nice State Park, we enjoyed visiting the park too.
The Last one we took pictures of from a distance is the Baileys Harbor Lighthouse. Located on the northeast side of Baileys Harbor, on a small island, off Lake Michigan, across the harbor from the town of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. Built in 1853, the light served as a coastal light for Lake Michigan, but mariners were not happy with its location. The light was discontinued in 1870 when the Cana Island Light and Baileys Harbor Range Lights became operational. The light is located on a private island. The delicate birdcage lantern is a rare specimen, although it no longer has any glass. The lantern held a Argand Reflector that has long since been removed. The tower is built of rubble stone. The keepers dwelling remains hidden in the trees. I zoomed a picture of it but it was a long way off. The best I could get.
I hope you enjoy our lighthouse tour with us today, check back later for more.